Employment and training with the Crown Solicitor's Office

The Attorney-General's Department

Employment and training with the Crown Solicitor's Office


General vacancies

The CSO is required to fill all positions via a merit-based selection process. All positions are advertised in the Government's Notice of Vacancies. Positions that are able to be filled via an external call are also advertised in the Saturday edition of The Advertiser. A guideline for applicants is available to assist with responding to the selection process requirements.

Graduate pool

The CSO has established a Graduate Solicitor Pool. Successful applicants are placed in a pool and notified as suitable vacancies arise. Successful applications for the pool are valid for a period of six months.

Potential applicants are advised that the CSO Graduate Pool is currently closed. You are able to register to receive updates about this position on the JobsSA website.

For more information email CSO-BusinessServices@sa.gov.au

Paralegal pool

The CSO has established a Paralegal Pool. Successful applicants are placed in a pool and notified as suitable vacancies arise. Successful applications for the pool are valid for a period of six months.

Potential applicants are advised that the CSO Paralegal Pool will re-open in January 2017. You are able to register to receive updates about this position on the JobsSA website.

Work experience

The Crown Solicitor’s Office offers the opportunity for high school students to complete a work experience placement for a period of up to one week. Work experience within the Crown Solicitor’s Office will be made available to two year 10, 11 or 12 work experience students, twice a year. Please note that we take rolling applications so once the work experience allocation has been met we will no longer be able to accept any more applications, therefore we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please note that the 2016 program is now full. Student may apply for the 2017 program later this year. More information will be posted in December 2016.

Unfortunately, these dates are not flexible. If the dates do not coincide with your High School’s allocated work experience week you may wish to approach your teachers to negotiate to attend the work experience week and complete other forms of school work during the allocated week.

During their placement, students will be given the opportunity to learn about the work and services that the CSO provide. Students may also have the opportunity to accompany solicitors to court, learn about records processes, accompany the Rounds Clerk on afternoon rounds at various courts around Adelaide, conduct basic legal research, watch Trials, accompany solicitors to client meetings, participate in a Q&A with current Law Students about studying and transitioning into a professional legal environment, go on a tour of Parliament House, go on a tour of the Magistrate’s Court, develop administration skills in photocopying, filing, binding, and more! Please note that the activities offered during each intake is determined by what can be accommodated at the time of placement and may therefore vary.

If you would like to express your interest in gaining work experience with the Crown Solicitor’s Office, please contact us via email CSO-BusinessServices@sa.gov.au or post:

Crown Solicitor’s Office

Business Services Section

GPO Box 464, Adelaide, 5001

All requests should clearly identify dates of proposed work experience and include a cover letter and current curriculum vitae.

Practical legal training

The CSO offers placements to students wishing to complete the practical legal training component of their professional qualifications. Placements are offered to approximately six students three times per year, for a period of six weeks (225 hours) in accordance with the guidelines set by the Law Society. 

Potential applicants are advised that the 2016 program is closed. Information about the 2017 program, including the dates and how to apply, will be available in mid-December 2016.

Applications will be considered as they are received and will be filled on a rolling basis. The last date possible date of application (should the placement period not already be filled) is indicated above.

Register your interest by:

  1. completing the  legal training application form (Word 284KB)
  2. either emailing to CSO-BusinessServices@sa.gov.au or via mail to the Crown Solicitor's Office, Business Services Section, GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA 5001.

For more information phone 8204 2184.

Summer clerkships

Program objectives

The CSO Summer Clerkship Program offers law students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience within a government environment, and undertake work within a legal practice. Please note that this program includes selection as a summer clerk for the Office of the Director for Public Prosecutions.


Students completing their final years of study are invited to apply for a summer clerkship. The CSO is interested in students who are high achievers in both academic and personal lives, with good interpersonal skills, relevant legal work experience and relevant references.


The CSO Summer Clerkship program offers selected students the opportunity to take part in a structured program, including training and development sessions covering a range of legal and non-legal topics:

  • Introduction to CSO.
  • Tour of the Attorney General's Department library, and training in the use of on-line facilities.
  • Training in drafting and legal research.
  • Information session on the practice management system.
  • File and matter management.
  • Assisting in client matters, under supervision.

Students offered clerkships will be paid for the full eight weeks. Each summer clerk is allocated to a section within the CSO, or outposted to various government agencies.


Summer Clerkships are offered for a period of eight weeks each year, commencing in mid December. Summer Clerkships conclude in time for students to attend the first Practical Legal Training Program offered by the Law Society.


Each year 12-14 placements are offered to law students. Placements are highly sought after and extremely competitive.


Applicants must include a summer clerkships application form (Word 284KB). Applications for a Summer Clerkship close on 30 April of each year. Applicants are advised that the 2016 program is now closed.

Selection criteria

Each application will be assessed upon the criteria mentioned above and presentation at interview.


All enquiries should be directed to the Business Services Section, phone (08) 8463 6558 or email CSO-BusinessServices@sa.gov.au.



Last updated: 
Thursday, 14 July 2016
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